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SSISD won’t air Obama address live; Tuesday’s planned ‘back-to-school’ message fuels calls to superintendent

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A “back-to-school message” from the president to students across America next week won’t be aired live at Sulphur Springs schools.

To “help get America’s students engaged,” President Barack Obama will deliver the address on the importance of education beginning at 11 a.m. local time Tuesday.
But Sulphur Springs Independent School District campuses will not be airing the address, according to Superintendent Patsy Bolton, who has reportedy received a large number of phone calls on the issue.
The speech, however, will be recorded, and students who want to watch the address at a later time can do so.
Many U.S. school districts are fielding complaints about the planned address, fueled in no small part by critics of Obama such as Glenn Beck, who denounced the planned address as political indoctrination. “Stand guard America. Your republic is under attack,” he said Wednesday on “The Glenn Beck Program.”
White House officials have indicated the tone of the address is intended to be inspirational, not indoctrinational.
“The President will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning,” wrote U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan in an Aug. 26 letter to school principals. “He will also call for a shared responsibility and commitment on the part of students, parents and educators to ensure that every child in every school receives the best education possible so they can compete in the global economy for good jobs and live rewarding and productive lives as American citizens.”
The president’s message is to be streamed live on www.whitehouse.gov/live/ and aired live on C-SPAN. The White House has also made available the coordinates for school districts that want to access the satellite feed. A downloadable video of the speech will also be made available at www.whitehouse.gov Tuesday following the address.
“We want to make sure that as many schools and classrooms nationwide can participate in this special opportunity, so we are making the President’s address and all the information that comes with it available as widely as possible,” states information on the www.whitehouse.gov web site.

 

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